What started out as a hobby—as so many of these pop-up dinners do—became a passion and business for Hyejin Cho and Itay Zach. The two friends, who met at UCLA architecture grad school, started throwing dinner parties on weekends. But their dinners—Zach often cooks the main dinner while Cho handles the dessert and operations—grew by word-of-mouth, prompting the two to create Foodshop, which meets for two or three weekends in a secret location. A new menu is crafted each month, drawing from Cho and Zach's background (Korean and Israeli, respectively) and their passion for food in general (their burger menu is a favorite among Foodshop regulars). Even more impressive? Neither of them have traditional culinary training, though Cho worked at a French bakery for a few years. The location of the dinners has moved a few times, and while it currently pops up in a beautiful Venice loft, the duo is hoping to find a new space. Don't expect a restaurant in the near future, though—the end goal for Cho and Zach is more of a farm, where they can grow the food they cook for their friends.
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